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Monday, October 31, 2005

Isnt the ACLU just great....

From Best of the Web today, OpinionJournal.com:
It's Halloween, and the New York Times reports that some people are feeling put upon:

In Westchester County, high-risk sex offenders on probation will be required to attend a four-hour educational program on Halloween night. In New Jersey, state officials are instructing paroled sex criminals not to answer their doors if trick-or-treaters come knocking. And in counties throughout Texas, parolees with child contact restrictions are being told to stay away from Halloween activities, even family gatherings.

All across the country this year, local and state authorities are placing registered offenders under one-night curfews or other restrictions out of fear that in only a few days, costumed children asking for candy will be arriving on their doorsteps.

Is this unreasonable? The ACLU thinks so:

Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the new initiatives were a "headline-grabbing response to a serious public health and safety issue" and failed to differentiate between sex offenders whose crimes were against adults and those who focused on children.

Yeah, so your daughter's going trick-or-treating and the guy down the street's a rapist. No big whoop--after all, he's only ever been convicted for raping adults! Oh well, we guess the ACLU deserves credit for doing its part to help make Halloween scary.

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